|New Music America 1981: A Concert of New Gamelan Music|
From a recording made on June 13, 1981 in San Francisco, as part of the New Music America Festival, this is a concert of new gamelan music by Lou Harrison, K. R. T. Wasitodipuro, and others. Lou Harrison’s music is known for its original and sensitive use of percussion and employment of just intonation. It also is widely appreciated for its lyricism and assimilation of techniques from East and West, as is clearly evident in the pieces heard here that incorporate Western instruments such as the...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; New Music America series; Music; New Music; Gamelan
|New Music America 1981: The True and False Occult|
The first Act of the June 12th concert of the 1981 New Music America Festival was a multi-media dance piece by choreographer Margaret Fisher with music by Robert Hughes. Entitled “The True and False Occult” this work involved three dancers, image projection, and music by Robert Hughes with additional music provided by the Azuma Kabuki Musicians. The New York Times (8/16/81) describes the piece as: “set to a suite that begins with coolly percussive music by the Azuma Kabuki Musicians and en...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; New Music America series; Music; New Music; Performance Art
|Morning Concert: Han Reiziger on New Music America ‘81|
Charles Amirkhanian is joined in the KPFA studio by Han Reiziger to discuss their impressions of the, then recently concluded, New Music America ‘81 Festival, that was held in San Francisco during the first two weeks of June in 1981. Reiziger, a radio programmer for Dutch Radio’s VPRO, and a guest host on KPFA during the mid-1970s, begins by describing some of the more recent projects he has been a part of in the Netherlands, including a series of events popularizing the music of Georg Benda...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; New Music America series; Interview; New Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|New Music America: 1981: Overlapping Lines and Curves by Nancy Karp|
The fourth Act of the June 11th concert of the 1981 New Music America Festival was a dance piece by Nancy Karp. Conceived as a site specific work for the Rotunda of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art it was performed by 10 dancers, with choreography and music by Nancy Karp with additional audio production work by Bill Fontana. The score for the dance features some rather sparse yet quite pretty piano music...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; New Music America series; Music; New Music; Performance Art; Nancy Karp
|New Music America: A Concert in Honor of Percy Grainger's 100th Birthday|
After an introductory talk by Charles Amirkhanian about the life and work of Percy Grainger we hear a recital of many of his works.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; New Music America series; Music; 20th Century Classical; Folk Music; Percy Grainger
|New Music America 1981: Tapes of Studies for Player Piano by Conlon Nancarrow|
The second Act of the June 12th concert of the 1981 New Music America Festival was devoted to the music of Conlon Nancarrow, who specialized in composing for the player piano. However unlike the ragtime player piano music that many people are familiar with, Nancarrow’s works are distinguished by their immense mathematical complexity and remarkable speed. In some ways they are not unlike a Bach fugue or canon played at speeds that were impossible to imagine before the advent of the computer...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; New Music America series; Music; New Music; Mechanical Music; Conlon Nancarrow
|New Music America 1981: Charles Amirkhanian Interviews John Rockwell & Charles Shere|
Charles Amirkhanian engages former KPFA music programers and current music critics, John Rockwell and Charles Shere, in a fascinating discussion about the state of New Music and the New Music America Festivals. The difference between academic avant-garde music concerts and the more adventurous programing of multi-media works, new wave rock bands, and sound installations featured at the New Music America Festivals, is fully explored...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; New Music America series; Interview; New Music; Avant-Garde
|New Music America 1981: A Concert by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan|
A live broadcast from the 1981 New Music America Festival, held at the Japan Center Theater in San Francisco, California, featuring a recital by the renowned sarod player, and founder of the Ali Akbar College of Music, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. As with any North Indian classical concert, the music played depended on the time of day as well as the mood and inspiration of the artist. Therefore, the raga and tala of this concert was chosen accordingly, to match the mood of the evening, and was decided ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; New Music America series; Music; World Music; Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
|New Music America 1981: Selections from “United States” by Laurie Anderson|
From a recording made on June 13, 1981 in San Francisco, as part of the New Music America Festival, Laurie Anderson performs selections from her epic work “United States”. Laurie Anderson was born in 1947 in Chicago and received her MFA in sculpture from Columbia University. As a performance and recording artist, she has worked with film-sound-talking pieces for many years, performing at the La Jolla Museum, the Berlin Festival, and various other places in the U...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; New Music America series; Music; New Music; Performance Art; Laurie Anderson